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Bench quashes pre-undertakings deal approval

An FWC presidential member had no power to approve an agreement before he received written undertakings to satisfy the BOOT, a full bench has found in a ruling in which it also uncovered incorrect claims by the employer that employees would not be worse off.

Merivale class action targets "zombie" deal

A class action law firm claims an underpayments case on behalf of an estimated 8200 current and former hospitality workers reveals a widespread problem of employers relying on pre-Fair Work "zombie agreements" to undercut the award

BHP Coal required unreasonable overtime: Court

The Federal Court has held that a BMA coal loading facility breached a reasonable overtime clause in its enterprise agreement by requiring workers to perform more than eight additional hours per week.

Court to umpire sporting dispute over unpaid trial regime

A-League soccer team Central Coast Mariners says it is surprised to find itself at the centre of a possible test case challenging unpaid trial and training arrangements, in which a player claims it misled and exploited him to secure his services for free when he was in fact an employee.




Woolworths vows to defend class action

Woolworths claims a class action seeking underpayments of $300 million more than it self-disclosed is "without merit", given it has already committed to fully repay any shortfall.

Drop in private sector pay growth: ABS

Growth in private sector rates of pay excluding bonuses has dropped to 2.2% a year, after being locked at 2.3% for 12 months, according to ABS data released today.

Employee status "not a box-checking exercise": Judge

The Federal Court has rejected a bid by the FWO and CFMMEU to upset a major labour hire company's treatment of workers as independent contractors, finding the service agreement signed by the parties transparently spelt out the true nature of their relationship.